Moccasin Square Gardens: Short Stories. Richard Van Camp

Moccasin Square Gardens: Short Stories

ISBN: 9781771622165 | 160 pages | 4 Mb

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  • Moccasin Square Gardens: Short Stories
  • Richard Van Camp
  • Page: 160
  • Format: pdf, ePub, fb2, mobi
  • ISBN: 9781771622165
  • Publisher: Douglas and McIntyre (2013) Ltd.
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The characters ofMoccasin Square Gardensinhabit Denendeh, the land of the people north of the sixtieth parallel. These stories are filled with in-laws, outlaws and common-laws. Get ready for illegal wrestling moves (“The Camel Clutch”), pinky promises, a doctored casino, extraterrestrials or “Sky People,” love, lust and prayers forpeace. While this is Van Camp’s most hilarious short story collection, it’s also haunted by the lurking presence of the Wheetago, human-devouring monsters of legend that have returned due to global warming and the greed of humanity. The stories inMoccasin Square Gardensshow that medicine power always comes withaprice. To counteract this darkness, Van Camp weaves a funny and loving portrayal of the Tłı̨chǫDene and other communities of the North, drawing from oral history techniques to perfectly capture the character and texture of everyday small-town life. “Moccasin Square Gardens” is the nickname of a dance hall in the town of Fort Smith that serves as a meeting place for a small but diverse community. In the same way, the collection functions as a meeting place for an assortment of characters, from shamans and time-travelling goddess warriors to pop-culture-obsessed pencil pushers, to con artists, archivists and men who just need to grow up, all seeking some form of connection.

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